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News Archive for August, 2013

Seamus Heaney

Posted on 30 Aug 2013

The Poetry Project has been deeply saddened to hear of the death today of Seamus Heaney, a wonderful poet, a lovely man, and a loss to Ireland and the world.

Finale competition! Write us a poem in response to one of our videos…

Posted on 26 Aug 2013

Here we are, the final two weeks of the Poetry Project…

It has been a fabulous run and we so thankful to all the artists and poets who have made this project possible. But we are also so proud of the subscribers and followers of the project who have made this whole event a global affair!

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To celebrate we are running one final competition and the prize will be a limited edition print from artist Poppy Hunt’s video The Long Lane  and a copy of Theo Dorgan’s poem ‘Wild Orchids Wild Flowers’, handwritten by the poet, which was paired with Poppy’s video.

All you have to do is write us a poem in response to any one of the videos from the project so far. The poem doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, it’s totally up to you!

Poems and the tile of the video to info@thepoetryproject.ie by September 16th please.

The winner will have their poem displayed on the Poetry Project website, and will be announced before the end of September.

Competition #9: children do the darndest things!

Posted on 23 Aug 2013

Penultimate COMPETITION!

In Dairena Ní Chinnéide’s poem Suantraí na Meánmhara / Mediterranean Lullaby is the line: “shnámh sí lena súile oscailte”, which translates into English as “she swam with her eyes open”. To win a year’s subscription to the Poetry Ireland review, tell us what you did in your childhood that you never do now (but perhaps you’d like to!).

Answers by August 25 to info@thepoetryproject.ie


Winner announced…

Congratulations to Mary Corkery!

“I wrote this [poem] once, about hiding in the bathroom to read poetry. What is lost now is the sense of it being a bit off-the-wall, secret, something you had to hide. Some of the magic is lost in reading poetry at a desk or in the living room. SometimesI take poetry to odd places or parks to read.”


‘What You Hide’ – Mary Corkery

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Competition #8: animal similes or metaphors!

Posted on 14 Aug 2013

Are you clever as a fox?

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In Dennis O’Driscoll’s poem ‘While Stocks Last’, the poet has the gorgeous phrase “the robin’s eagle eye”. To win a copy of New and Selected Poems, by Dennis O’Driscoll, just tell us what is your favourite animal metaphor (and we welcome ones of your own making!).

Answers by August 18 please, to info@thepoetryproject.ie.







Winner announced…

Congratulations to Padraic Harvey!

Padraic wrote us an entire poem,
our favourite and prize winning line is: His tail curled out /  Like TS Eliot


‘Black Cat, White Goods’, by Padraic Harvey



Sinéad Morrissey – Belfast’s first Poet Laureate!

Posted on 8 Aug 2013

We are delighted to congratulate Sinéad on her recent appointment as Belfast’s first poet Laureate.

In the role as Poet Laureate, Sinéad will engage the people of Belfast through poetry, using community outreach to art groups, language organisations and minority groups.  She has also been commissioned to produce a series of poems about Belfast and the year as the city’s Poet that explores the theme ‘My City’ / ‘Mo Chathair Féin’.

Speaking about her appointment Sinéad said: “Belfast is a city with an extraordinary literary tradition, especially in relation to poetry. I am therefore hugely honoured to be appointed Belfast’s first Poet Laureate, and am excited to celebrate and explore further both the city and poetry in the year ahead.”

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, at the Arts Council commented, “The Arts Council is delighted that the Lord Mayor has chosen Sinéad Morrissey as Belfast’s first Poet Laureate.  Sinéad has been an outstanding voice in contemporary poetry for 15 years, winning multiple prestigious awards, including a Major Individual Artist award from the Arts Council and she is currently shortlisted for the 2013 Forward Prize for Poetry. In her role as Belfast Poet Laureate, Sinéad will bring poetry to all the people of Belfast, reflecting the creativity of women and their contribution to the historical and contemporary life and character of the city.”

You can watch (or rewatch!) John Halpin’s video Driving Alone on a Snowy Evening, which is paired with Sinéad’s poem ‘Driving Alone on a Snowy Evening (After Frost)’ here.

Competition #7: ground and sound, lie and sky poem!

Posted on 7 Aug 2013

This week’s poem, is Cathal O’Searchaigh’s An t-amMarfach, a haunting look at life and hope, and their opposites… In Gabriel Rosenstock’s English translation, the words ground and sound, lie and sky echo across the lines. To win this week’s prize, the summer edition of the Poetry Ireland Review, and a copy of 8 0ld Irish potatoes by Erica Van Horn & Simon Cutts 2011, we’d like you to write a short poem using these words too.

Closing date 11th August, entries to info@thepoetryproject.ie


Winner announced…

Congratulations to Conor Kelly!

A Round

by Conor Kelly


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